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Delegates attending the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union’s (GMP) convention approved its merger into the United Steel, Paper & Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial & Service Workers International Union (USW) on August 10.

Both the GMP and USW are MTD affiliates.

“The GMP is itself the product of many mergers, and each one made the GMP stronger and better,” declared GMP International President Bruce Smith, who serves on the MTD Executive Board. “We expect history to repeat itself with the USW merger.”

“The merger will undoubtedly strengthen and benefit our members in the glass industry and beyond,” added Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard. “The GMP shares our goals and will be a vital part of the USW.”

Under terms of the merger, the Glass, Molders will become the GMP Council of the USW during 2018 and will continue to serve the industries that union historically has represented. The GMP has members in the glass, foundry, molding, plastics, pottery, ceramics, china and fiberglass industries as well as workers in government, healthcare and a variety of other industries. Like the USW, the GMP has members in both the United States and Canada.

The Steelworkers is the largest industrial union in North America. Its members work in the metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, energy production, public sector and service industries.